Echoes

Exciting News

School is out, and Christy, having nothing better to do, lazily sketches while Miss Alice hangs the wash out to dry. This tranquil scene of domestic bliss is interrupted by a phone call from Pennsylvania for Miss Alice. After hanging up, Miss Alice excitedly kisses Ruby Mae and announces that a dear friend is celebrating a birthday . . .

A Special Invitation

Miss Alice takes the super-quick-drying clothes off of the line and puts them into her traveling bag. Miss Alice worries about leaving the cove on such short notice but Christy urges her to go. Miss Alice, giddy in her excitement, starts the freshly packed garments from the bag. She admits to Christy that's she's nervous about seeing her friend again and impulsively invites Christy to join her . . .

Husband Material

On the train to Kentucky, Alice admits that she feels as though she's going back in time. She tells Christy that it was her first teaching experience and regrets having left her daughter behind. Miss Alice describes her joy of working with Joseph Scott and his ministry. Christy reads between the lines and points out that the Reverend sounded like the perfect husband. A flustered Miss Alice tells Christy that the man was already married . . .

Unexpected Arrival

Christy and Alice make their way from town to the settlement in a wagon. When Christy notes how far from town the settlement is, Miss Alice explains that it was intended to be that way. Christy is outraged when the driver of the wagon suddenly stops and tells the ladies that they'll have to walk the rest of the way. While Christy stands in the road and utters her indignation at their treatment, Miss Alice heads toward the settlement, Freedom, Kentucky. Christy follows and her eyes widen when she discovers that Freedom is a Negro community. At the settlement's main house, Miss Alice runs into Daniel Scott, Joseph's son, who remembers her funny way of speaking. Joseph comes out and is thrilled to see Alice until he discovers that she didn't come of her own accord . . .

A Special Brew

Neil arrives at the mission to see David, who is a little bit under the weather. Poor David is miserable, having endured Ruby Mae's spider treatment. A cup of tea is just what the doctor orders and he provides David with a pot of his own special brew blended with the finest whiskey . . .

A Heart to Heart

Alice and Joseph's wife, Ester, reminisce about the night Daniel was born. Ester admits that she didn't want Alice attending her as she was jealous of the relationship between Alice and her husband. Alice assures Ester that her husband loves and respects her. After all, it was she who helped her husband survive the ordeal of the death of his first wife, Geneva. Ester urges Alice not to give up on her husband . . .

Unwelcome Guests

The night, Alice finds Joseph outside sharpening knives and apologizes for not returning sooner and admits she's grateful to Ester for inviting her back. Joseph points out that she would have returned if she really wanted to and Alice retorts that she'd still be here if he hadn't sent her away. Their discussion is interrupted by an attack from the Ku Klux Klan. Alice takes Joseph's gun and warns the Klan that they'd be an easy target in their white hoods. When one of the Klansmen tells Alice that she doesn't belong "with that filth," she tells them that she is there at the settlement of her own free will. She orders them to leave before she forgets that she is a Christian. They retreat, leaving a burning cross as a reminder of their presence . . .

A Difference of Opinion

As the flames are extinguished, Christy wonders what will happen if the Klan returns. Daniel quickly announces that they'll defend themselves even though his father is against using violence. When Daniel points out that they just can't let the Klan ride in and do nothing, Joseph tells him that their retaliation will be an excuse for the Klan to start killing. When Daniel wonders if his father is really interested in saving the settlement, his father answers the taunt with a slap to his son's cheek. Daniel dares his father to hit him again but Joseph walks away . . .

New Friends

As Christy sits in front of the mirror in her bedroom, she catches a glimpse of two children watching her in the window. After catching them in the act, she introduces herself and learns that the little boy and girl are named Coby and Jessie. She tells them she doesn't know whether or not she will tell about their spying game . . .

Now This Is a School

Christy soon wins over Coby and Jessie's affection and they delight in showing her their school, which Christy observes is a lot nicer than the one in Cutter Gap. Christy is ashamed of her innocence when the two children relate a previous encounter with the white hoods . . .

If I Had a Hammer . . . and A Cup of "Tea"

David is outside with a hammer in one hand and a cup of "tea" in the other. Doctor MacNeill is pleased to learn that his patient is feeling much better and fixes David another batch of his miracle cure. David takes a breather from his work and settles down on a bench next to Neil. The two begin a light conversation about God, ending with David admitting that he's scared to death at the possibility that God might not exist. After a few cups of "medicine," David announces that he must get back to work. When David discovers that he's a bit unsteady upon his feet he returns to his position on the bench and converses with his new best "friend." When Neil wonders why the two of them can't be friends, noting their common interests, David points out that they both have an appreciation for Christy. Neil tries to deny the fact but David sees right through him. He confides in Neil that he proposed to Christy and passes out after admitting that she hasn't given him her answer. Neil is pleased, noting that Christy still has time to say no to David's proposal . . .

My How You've Changed

Daniel introduces Cecil, his fiancee, to Miss Alice and explains that he had to get away for a while. Daniel tells Alice that his father has changed in his views about education, believing that there is no place in the white world for a colored doctor, even though there are now Negro regiments in the army and fine colleges as well. Alice is surprised as Joseph once preached otherwise but Daniel tells her that his father still sees them as slaves on the plantation even though it's been fifty years since Negroes' were freed . . .

Stimulating Conversation

That night, tension is thick at the dinner table. When Christy compliments Ester on her cooking, Daniel remarks that anyone can learn if given the opportunity. When Joseph tells his son to mind his manners, Alice quickly changes the subject of the conversation. Alice's use of the word "uninhibitedness" causes Joseph to berate her for encouraging his son to go against his wishes and to inform her that the mission survived nicely without her guidance. Miss Alice excuses herself and retreats outside . . .

Grave News

Outside, Miss Alice informs Ester that she and Christy will leave in the morning. Ester informs her that Joseph is dying of heart failure and urges Alice to make things right with her husband . . .

Advice From a Friend

The next morning, as Christy and Alice stroll through the settlement, Christy asks her if she knew what happened to Joseph's first wife. Alice tells her that shortly after Joseph purchased the land for the settlement, his wife, Geneva, and her unborn child were murdered. She asks Christy's advise about how to resolve the situation between her and Joseph. Christy tells her that God sent her to the settlement for a reason and advises her stay . . .

Two Failures

Alice goes to Joseph and tells him that, at the time, she didn't understand why he had sent her away. She thought that he was punishing her when in reality he sent her home because he knew that her place was with Margaret. Alice admits that she failed as a parent and spent too much time buried in missionary work hiding from the truth. Joseph commiserates with her admitting that he too has failed as a parent . . .

Art Lesson

Christy brings a basket of flowers to the school to help the children make watercolors to paint their drawings. Christy compliments Cecil on her teachings, admitting that Cody and Jessie are far ahead of her students at that age level. When Cecil tells Christy that education is important to the Reverend Christy wonders why the same principle doesn't apply to his son. Cecil tells her that there is a big difference between their world and hers and points out that she only stirred things up that were better left alone. Christy informs her that the outside world can't be shut out and Cecil agrees, especially when it comes to visit with hatred and torches. The children arrive eager for their paint making lesson and Christy shows them how each of the flowers creates a different color . . .

A Tragic Event

Everyone in the settlement is preparing for Joseph's birthday party with long tables filled with a variety of foods. The children present Joseph with a Bible with pictures colored with Christy's watercolors. Dan arrives and wishes his father happy birthday as everyone begins to sing. Jim arrives on horseback and presents Joseph with a pocket watch and Daniel with a letter. Joseph urges Daniel to read the letter but when he hesitates Joseph grabs the letter and announces to everyone that his son was turned down once again for a college scholarship. He tells his son that black colleges are places where the foolhardy go to discuss how important they are. Joseph is outraged when his son shudders at the thought that anyone should no more than his father. After Daniel informs his father that he'll never be like him nor wants to be like him, Alice joins the heated conversation, questioning Joseph's belief in his son. Joseph informs Alice that his belief in her only got him 26 years of being a fool, for she couldn't forget them fast enough once her "charity" work was done. He instructs Daniel to leave the settlement and not to come crawling back once he discovers what the white man thinks of him. Joseph heatedly walks off and collapses after taking only a few steps . . .

The Time Is Near

Everyone in the settlement gathers around the Scott's home to sing and pray. The community is shocked by his collapse as they were unaware of his condition. Ester is surprised when Joseph comes to and admits that he feels like a dying man. He tells his wife that he knew about his condition all along and tells her about the incident in the south field when he collapsed while planting and saw heaven. After Ester leaves her husband's bedside, Alice urges Joseph to talk to Daniel and tell him that he approves of his dreams. Joseph promises to speak with his son after a nap . . .

Make Peace While You Can

Christy tells Daniel not to blame himself for his father's collapse but Daniel berates himself for not noticing his father's condition. Christy urges Daniel to go and see his father . . .

Homeward Bound

Everyone is praying in earnest now as Daniel arrives to see his father. Ester tells her husband that his work is finished and it's time now to rest. Joseph greets his son and an emotional Daniel kisses his father's hand and recites the 23rd psalm. After Joseph passes peacefully away, Daniel tells his mother that he'll stay on the mission and take care of things. Ester tells her son that the best thing that he could possibly do is to leave and return as a doctor . . .

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

After his father's funeral, Daniel goes to see Cecil at the schoolhouse. He tells his fiancee that he'll send for her as soon as he has the money. Cecil promises to wait for him and the two kiss one another and embrace. Christy comes to the schoolhouse door and motions to Daniel that it's time to go. He nods and kisses his fiancee's hand, leaving her smiling goodbye . . .

A Colorful Newcomer

David, who is arranging furniture inside the school, is a little dizzy. Neil arrives and urges Ruby Mae to try her spider cure. David is not amused by Neil's dirty deed and tells the good doctor that he'll pay for what he did. Their exchange is interrupted by the return of Alice, Christy and Daniel. Alice introduces Daniel and informs Neil that in exchange for his work at the mission he will receive an apprenticeship in Neil's practice. Ruby Mae excitement over finding the spider eggs turns to shock when she sees Daniel. Daniel extends his hand in greeting and Ruby Mae tentatively takes it. Christy notes that Few events were as unexpected and controversial as Daniel's arrival but for Alice, it was the payment of a long standing personal debt . . .

Caroline Kent